The Perfect Precursor to Boarding Pretoria’s Hotels on Wheels
To which Pretoria hotel would you go for a truly special, ultra-luxurious overnight stay, be it to celebrate a special occasion or noteworthy event, such as your honeymoon night, following your wedding? The hotel may be your pick of places at which to have a world-class sleep-over after a festive reception or celebratory party, a romantic getaway, or a night’s luxury accommodation before departing on a sensational Rovos Rail or splendid Blue Train trip.
Providing you pick one of the city’s premier accommodation and functions venues, such as Castello di Monte, you do not really need a particular reason to seek, enjoy, and appreciate five-star, grand hotel facilities elsewhere. Just treating yourself to one or more nights in the lap of lovely luxury is reason enough. If the next phase of your indulgent experience is a luxury train adventure, Castello di Monte is your equally luxurious, perfect departure point.
The City’s Hotels on Wheels
Based in Pretoria, the Blue Train is South Africa’s oldest luxury passenger rail service, with links to the days of the Kimberley Diamond Rush and Rhode’s dream of a Cape to Cairo railway line. Various name and livery changes took place, until the late 1930s, when dark blue livery was adopted. People began referring to this train, synonymous with luxury, as the “blue train”, a name and superb service that has endured since then.
The Rovos Rail, also quartered in Pretoria, is a more recent grand service, born of one man’s dream and named after him – Rohan Vos, and members of his family. Rovos was launched in 1989, and currently goes to more destinations than those of the Blue Train. Both services are likened to opulent hotels on wheels.
Where to Stay
Pretoria is a big city with an ever increasing multitude of suburbs surrounding the city centre, so precisely where is one to find such a magnificent hotel? Depending on the route you take, the upmarket eastern suburb of Waterkloof Ridge is only about 7,2 km, or on average, 12 minutes’ travel by road from the city’s CBD.
Although the distance and time to reach Waterkloof Ridge is virtually negligible, this beautifully leafy part of Pretoria is luxurious and is worlds away from the city’s hustle and bustle, which it has swopped for peaceful serenity and the tranquillity that befits a prestigious location featuring our fabulous, Tuscan-inspired, five-star guest house, rather than a traditional hotel.
Hotel or Guest House
Because award-winning Castello Di Monte is a five-star guest house, rather than a larger hotel, we focused on ultimate luxury in our accommodation, amenities, services, and options on offer, even including the opportunity to reserve our entire villa for guests’ after event enjoyment. It is almost a no-brainer. Why book into a hotel if Castello di Monte’s guest house is on offer in Pretoria?